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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rahui closes Aotea Harbour to pipi gathering

Iwi have placed a rahui on pipi collection at Aotea harbour to help stem the plunder of the depleted shellfish.

Ngati Te Wehi kaitiaki Davis Apiti says the accessibility of the pipi bed has made it too easy for up to 40 people a day, mostly holidaymakers, to come and ravage more than their share, including juveniles.

He says the rahui on the harbour, which has mataitai reserve status, will initially last for eight months.

He says as the Aotea Harbour had mataitai reserve status, and the iwi decided to act rather than waiting for the Ministry of Fisheries to deal with the situation.

“We don’t mind people coming. The resource is there to be shared. But it just can’t sustain the sort of punishment it’s had over the last two years. The rahui was put on to counteract. We need a management structure in so people can start to understand there will be management of these things in this area.
Mr Apiti says.

When the pipi beds were depleted in 1996 they took four years to recover.

MEDIA PROTECTING CELEBRITY AT ALL COSTS

A leading Maori rights lawyer says he is not surprised that the media has been keen to protect the celebrity system by employing broadcaster Tony Veitch while he is facing charges of assaulting his former partner.

Moana Jackson says the decision by Sky Television to employ Tony Veitch as a panelist is in sharp contrast to the way Maori are treated.

“The media itself was always anxious to protect one of its own, to protect the so called celebrity system, and Maori would simply not be given the same alleged understanding were they in a similar situation, and lest people question that statement, one can just point to appropriate research,” Mr Jackson says.

TAONGA PUORO TEAM UP TOURING

A bicultural collaboration between a choral singer and a taonga puoro artist is coming to a town near you.

HAUnt Wind Stories is the brainchild of Virginia Jamieson and Warren Warbrick who decided, after years working in museums, to explore their different perspectives on art, history and life through music.

Ms Jamieson says their collaboration began while working at Te Manawa in Palmerston North, and discovered Warbrick’s playing worked well with her choral-trained voice.

The pair is traveling with the John Bevan Ford art show nationwide.

MANIAPOTO TO MARK ROLE IN KINGMAKING

Ngati Maniapoto is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Kingitanga with a monument on the very site of the marae where the iwi first mandated the Maori king.

Nick Tuwhangai, the chairman of the organising committee, says recognising the spot where the first Maori king Potatau agreed to be the king is especially significant for the iwi.

“After the hui at Pukawa, Potatau said he must come back into Maniapoto to his senior cousins, and there he would put the thing to his cousins whether he should be the king, so it was 1857 that they had that hui at Haurua, and it was there that his cousins supported him, Potatau, to be the king,” Mr Tuwhangai says.

Today's kawe mate and flagpole unveiling at Rereamanu Marae in Otorohanga would start proceedings, with King Tuheitia arriving on Wednesday.

The iwi recently discovered the long-dormant site where Haurua Marae stood, on the boundary between Otorohanga and Waitomo.

NEW RESEARCH ON HERITAGE ART SURVIVAL TRENDS

Creative New Zealand wants to know why some traditional arts are flourishing in some areas but almost forgotten in others.

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, the chair of its Maori arts board Te Waka Toi, the Maori arts board of Creative New Zealand, says it's the first national overview of arts like toi whakairo, kowhaiwhai, tukutuku, tarai waka, taonga puoro and ta moko.

She says the research could bridge the gaps on the resurgence of Maori heritage artforms.

An example is the way some marae stil produce whariki or mats, whereas at others the skills have been lost within the whanau.

The research will assist institutions and networks who want to revitalise traditional arts.

OTAKI HONOURING JOCKEY HARRIS' WHANAU CONTRIBUTION

The Otaki Maori Racing Club has honoured a legendary family of Maori jockeys by dedicating last weekend's raceday to the Harris Whanau.

One of New Zealand's best known hoops, Noel Harris, who is one of just five jockeys to win 2000 races in New Zealand, says the meeting paid particular tribute to his father Jock Harris, also a famous jockey in his day.

“There was six of us, four boys and two girls, all followed his footsteps, and it’s a bit like the Skelton family. Very proud of my dad. It was a great honour for Jock and he’s 79 this year and fit as ever and does a bit of line dancing Fridays,” Mr Harris says.

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